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  1. Bait hives? Does size matter? It's the log!

    I have proposed for years that good swarms are attracted to many size boxes. And that placing an attractive piece of wood on top enhances the bait hive's attractiveness to the bees. I have my pile of...
  2. Re: when swarm moves in, how long to relocate to permanent home?!?

    If they are not at their permanent spot and I want them on an other at the same apiary, I move them as soon as most are in. Most of them seem to mark their location on the first time they leave, not...
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    Re: How often to re-bate swarm trap

    Got to Brag!!! Caught this one probably from my own hives onto 10 Jumbo depth black combs. LGO baited about a month before. I rarely rebait.


    https://i.postimg.cc/vBBd9XCL/2020-03-23-10-44-20.jpg
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    Well he succeeded. I am yanked.

    Well he succeeded. I am yanked.
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    You trust YouTubers but not a 17 year BeeSource...

    You trust YouTubers but not a 17 year BeeSource veteran poster who for years sold bareroot BeeBee trees in Beesource?
    Good luck with that.
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    Re: Bee Bee Tree Seeds

    Boiling water for an hour might/probably cooks them dead.

    1. mix them with slightly moist sand, place in a baggie in the refrigerator for 4 weeks, or
    2. roll them up in slightly wet paper...
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    Re: Bee Bee Tree Seeds

    A few weeks. Did you stratify them?
  8. Despair is the Mother of invention, alternative use for topbar hive.

    I had two eight frame extracted supers that needed drying but no appropriate hive to dry them on. We notched two spacer bars, stacked on the supers and added some pans for weather proofing.
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    Re: Electric Leaf Blower

    >is it best to break out the rake?

    Bees hate raking. Electric blower better. I have not had problem even with a gas blower. Just minimize your overall presence as much as possible.
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    Re: Ladies please make up your mind!

    >As soon as they settle in i am going to take them to where i keep bees.

    Or set a trap where you keep bees and you will save moving them.
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    Re: What size jars of honey sell most?

    Same here. I offer 1/2 pints $10, pints $15 and quarts $25. Pints sell the most. I sell out of my house with a self serve cabinet. I have been selling here for 47 years.
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    Re: set the 1st swarm traps, have some ???

    Take a heat gun. Melt some propolis inside the traps. As you melt the propolis drip on a few drops of LGO. This worked for me with brand new 10 frame traps. This is a swarm moving into one of those...
  13. You can leave one drawn comb for the queen to...

    You can leave one drawn comb for the queen to start laying in. But a large swarm on a flow can draw out a box in a few days. Feeding is fine but might not be needed.
    If they have only foundation...
  14. Re: L:arge swarm hived - frame orieentation approach?

    Shake them off the comb and onto all all foundation.
  15. Re: finding efficiency with nuc sales; specifically transportation/boxes?

    We use ratchet straps because they can be tightened so firm that boxes do not slide. Duct tape is used on open seams. Review your ratchet strap technique.
  16. Re: Stapler for hardware cloth- not frames or boxes, etc

    Lower the air pressure?
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    Re: Ladies please make up your mind!

    Scouting can go on for months and end in a swarm arriving or no swarm arriving. Good time to practice patience as the Corona virus might arrive with you sooner.
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    Re: Radial Extractor Stand

    I had my capping spinner on a concrete block. When it got overloaded and off balance, started wobbling, bouncing and moving, it was a lethal weapon. We bolted it down onto the floor onto steel...
  19. Re: Im curious, has anyone gone to a weekend class by Leo Sharashkin

    Maybe cheaper and less risk to watch his videos.


    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Leo+Sharashkin+
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    Luring swarm in progress into baithive?

    Has anyone had any luck luring a swarm already flying or up in a tree into a baited box? I always find the ones up in a tree fly away.
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    Re: How Soon to Treat New Hives

    I gave new swarms and packages last year an Apivar strip upon installation and they all thrived.
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    I catch swarms in all sizes, entrance sizes,...

    I catch swarms in all sizes, entrance sizes, locations and orientations that I try. And in some that I don't try. Give them something attractive and they will come.

    https://youtu.be/YWujzDDUERM
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  23. Re: First Check After The Winter. Holy Cow!!!!!!!!

    Your plan does not include reading and following the Apivar instructions properly which require the medication to be in for six weeks to properly control the mites.
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    Re: Drones acting drunk & dying en masse

    Virus or old age?
  25. Re: Frames of Crystallized Honey in Brood Boxes

    Try scratching them and placing under the brood chamber.
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